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ImpactHOUSE launched

"The van is life-changing for the operation of our charity."

Community Bank Caulfield Park representatives: Cr Sam Parasol OAM JP,  Graeme Goldman, Hannah Downes and Rachael Mwangi with the new Impact van.
Community Bank Caulfield Park representatives: Cr Sam Parasol OAM JP, Graeme Goldman, Hannah Downes and Rachael Mwangi with the new Impact van.

Late last month Impact volunteers, politicians and members of the community gathered in Sandringham for the opening of ImpactHOUSE.

Impact is a volunteer-led charity bringing hope to 5000 Victorian women and their children every year who are escaping extreme violence and abuse at home.

ImpactHOUSE is a space where the organisation can “receive pallet loads of goods … and we can do everything from collecting, wrapping, packing and delivery processing all onsite,” said founder and president of Impact Kathy Kaplan.

Kaplan also said impactHOUSE “is a place where conversations, connections and actions create friendships and change lives for the better; both the lives of Impact’s recipients and the lives of the donors and volunteers who support Impact.”

A highlight of the opening event was when Graeme Goldman, chairman of the Community Bank Caulfield Park presented impact treasurer Alan Samuel with the keys to a sponsored van.

Kaplan explained that the van enables them to collect donations and pallet loads as well as to distribute 2500 of their “bags of love” biannually to mothers in need.

“The van is life-changing for the operation of our charity,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan also noted that “collaboration and partnerships are the best way to change the world; indeed, they are the only way to change the world”, acknowledging the strength of Impact’s relationships with the City of Glen Eira, Victoria Police and Community Bank Caulfield Park.

Community Bank Caulfield Park has been a supporter since 2006, when Impact began in the lounge room of a home in the City of Glen Eira.

Goldman told The AJN that Community Bank Caulfield Park is “delighted to … help Impact with the sponsorship of the van”, adding that this was made possible by support from their customers placing home loans in their branch.

“These home loans generate income for the branch and a massive percentage of the profit ends up as grants and sponsorships to worthy causes like Impact.”

More info/donate: impactforwomen.org.au

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